Albemarle County Sheriff's Office

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The Albemarle County Sheriff's Office is a law enforcement agency which manages court security, prisoner transportation, and other duties relating to civil processes in Albemarle County. The current sheriff is J. E. "Chip" Harding.


The office was created in 1745, just one year after the creation of Albemarle County. Sheriffs were appointed for two year terms until 1895, when they became selected by elections every four years.

The sheriff's office was the main legal force in Albemarle until 1983, when the Albemarle County Police Department was created. At that point, the sheriff's office transitioned to courts-related work[1].


  1. Web. History, Albemarle County Sheriff's Office, retrieved December 7, 2011.

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